The Everest - The Forgotten Horse

More than half the field has been locked away for this year's Everest with plenty of debate surrounding who should fill the final slots.

The Everest - The Forgotten Horse

More than half the field has been locked away for this year's Everest with plenty of debate surrounding who should fill the final slots.

The People's Champ - Happy Clapper
The People's Champ - Happy Clapper Picture:Racing and Sports

Exciting three-year-old Nature Strip Horseform has polarised opinion with #TeamBYE firmly against #TeamData.

Just two years ago a horse of his profile would have been hailed as one of the more promising gallopers in the country, fast-forward and he is met with utter distain as a result of some considering him worthy of an Everest slot.

The difference of opinion is one of racing's lifebloods and The Everest has put it on steroids.

Unlike the other feature races on the calendar, the public have no choice/say who takes their place.

While we still have no choice/say, we can't help but feel part of the process as we debate/discuss who should and shouldn't be in the feature event.

One horse who surprisingly hasn't been met with much discussion is Happy Clapper Horseform aka "The People's Champ".

Despite a rising eight-year-old, Happy Clapper is in the form of his life, completing the Epsom/Doncaster double last preparation.

Joining an elite band of gallopers, Happy Clapper returned a new career peak of 129, he is the second highest rated galloper in the country by Timeform .

Since September last year, Happy Clapper has notched up four wins and has only missed the money once, when finishing sixth in last year's Cox Plate [2040m].

Short of 2000m, Winx is the only horse to beat Happy Clapper in his last 10 starts.

Admittedly whether he can replicate that level of form at 1200m remains to be seen, however surely he is worth the gamble.

His first up win in the Canterbury Stakes [1300m] last preparation saw him return a time figure of 115, short answer, he is fast enough to win The Everest — Redzel ran 113 when winning the Everest last year.

Click Here - Time Figures Explained By Timeform

He hasn't been seen at 1200m since 2015, though if set for it, confident Pat Webster could have him ready.

It's very easy to say they would be too slick for him, however in the Canterbury Stakes he settled fifth and travelled comfortably with Global Glamour Horseform setting a solid tempo up front.

His closing splits were top draw and indicative that he wouldn't look out of place in an Everest.

One thing is for sure, he would be very strong late and if gaining a spot in the field, with even luck I would be very surprised if he didn't run top four.

Of the seven selected, Trapeze Artist (126) remains the only horse that has the potential upside to reach the level of form achieved by Happy Clapper, in truth he may not need to.

The other six have clear and established rating peaks, Redzel Horseform - 126, In Her Time Horseform - 121, English Horseform - 121, Santa Ana Lane Horseform - 124, Brave Smash Horseform - 124 and Shoals Horseform - 116.

Rated 129, it's strange to think Happy Clapper hasn't been locked away yet.

Put it this way, as a punter Happy Clapper's presence in The Everest would make you very uncomfortable. How do you price him?

Sure you could treat him black and white and say he can't win over 1200m, but there would still be that little voice in your head that questions yourself, you know deep down he is good enough.

This very feeling is why he should be in The Everest.

He is the unknown, I couldn't rule a line through him, whereas in truth, I've already ruled a line through four of the seven selected.

Away from Winx Horseform he is Sydney's favourite horse, he has to be in Sydney's biggest race.

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